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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Quad brings the centuries-old monastery brewing tradition to America. Ovila Abbey Quad is rich and complex with layers of flavor including notes of intense dark fruits, and caramel-like maltiness. Rich and complex, this ale should be shared among friends in the true spirit of the season. A portion of the proceeds from this ale goes toward the restoration of the historic Santa Maria de Ovila chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This medieval building stood for nearly eight centuries in Spain. William Randolph Hearst purchased the monastery in 1931 and planned to use the stones for a castle even grander than his famous San Simeon. Although Hearstís plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1147) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Summer 2011 - Highlight of my visit to Falling Rock in Denver. Highlight of the afternoon, wandering around Denver. Highlight of a week filled with lots of beer adventures. Maybe even the highlight of a summer that witnessed me and my friend traveling the span of Colorado in search of good beer. The Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is a masterpiece, and I had the pleasure of making out with it in the stylish basement of the Falling Rock tap house. Beer drinking might get better than this, (Cantillon in a Belgian field at sunset?) but I think Iíve come close. It was too dark to ogle the color, so I went straight to inhale the perfume coming off the beer. Iím sure I looked like a geriatric patient clutching at an air mask, but it felt like I had broken through smog and got to inhale my first breath of fresh sequoia forest. Blood orange, red grapes, strawberries, gentle prods of cocoa, a rounded edge of malt, and the kind of Belgian yeast aroma that inspired so much of the craft beer revolution. The flavor follows in suit, featuring A light orange citrus zest, and underneath that there is champagne, more of those sweet, desiccated red grapes, Palisade peach, deep cherry notes and even an apple crispness that might be cousin to the champagne flavors I already noted. I also detect smaller but no less appreciable flavors of golden raisins and vanilla beans in the nose, only after the beer has had some time to warm up to its environs. Similarly, with a little warmth the beer provides some lovely brown sugar notes, opening up the spectrum of dark sweets in further. This beer is, frankly, a masterpiece, and deserves all the credit its earned. I donít know who brought more to the table - Sierra Nevada or their Belgian, theist counterparts - but this tastes something like a work of a higher being. Bravo!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (15780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle, corked and caged, from Happyís Market, Ellensburg, WA
Cloudy darker shade of blond with small compact head. The aroma presents some bubblegum, banana, vegetables; and Iím not in the mood to forgive this un-Belgian idea. Smooth mouthfeel; indiscernible malt flavor, with little residual sweetness, vegetables, phenol, some spicy yeast, and topped with a hint of alcohol.
Glorious mess.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (723) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pour a surprisingly dark brown with lasting fine-grained head and lacing. Aroma is dusty and sweet, with plenty of dark fruits and toasted sugary sweetness, anchored by a hint of the smell of an old wooden house. Taste is also sweet with candi sugar and bananas drowned in toffee. Finish transforms nicely into sweet roasted coffee malts. Palate goes down thin but the spiced dryness keeps it from being fleeting. Overall, this is a dark and sweet sipper with no immediate indication of the alcohol aside from some mild warming. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (934) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2015
In this day and age of overly alcoholic beers for no other reason than to be cloying and one note, itís nice to come across one that hides the booze and layers some complexity. A true warmer this one is with dark stone fruits, toasted sugars, spice and light roast mingling around a vale of light musk/leather. Sweet and rich with some dryness pulling things back... light acidity almost there for nothing more than balance and a pleasant lingering finish. Quite good and very drinkable which is quite dangerous given its 10%+.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smoothsippin (34) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours black with a beige head. Spicy on the nose, pleasantly so. Smooth mouthfeel with the spices taking over, which follows through on the swallow. Aftertaste lingers. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MosquitoPilot (7) - Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015 does not count
Growler from premium draught. Great nose canít hide the alcohol. Dark fruit, yeast, chocolate, pleasant carbonation. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Enjoyable, but nothing really special. Dark brown pour with minimal head. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt. Sticky toffee. A respectable quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ethanTHEtrill (22) - - FEB 15, 2015
12 oz bottle from 4 pack. Poured into a 14 oz tulip. Appearance is dark with nice thin head. Aroma is Belgian candy sugar and alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty then Belgian yeast comes in midway before it ends with a nice sweet complex with the fruit added and the candy sugar. A superb quad, I will go get some more of this for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ShermanBierce (3) - - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
12.7 ounce bottle. Reddish black, with minimal head, quickly dissipated. Big fruity aroma. Taste is fruit, malt, spice and toffee notes. 10.2% ABV completely hidden. Easily the best American Abbey Ale I have tasted. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1641) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle to stem. Dark brown with small offwhite head. Dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (983) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Walnut brown with light-brown medium-coarseness head, moderate rate of decay to ring and film. Aroma is caramelized bananas with smooth chocolate, some dry bread crust, dry somewhat spicy grass. Body is medium-medium-heavy, somewhat syrupy, carbonation is moderate, medium-fine, creamy in the finish, light burn. Flavor is sweet dense bread with light banana, touch of salt and spiced dried cherry. Slightly spicy/phenolic in the finish. This was a great American Quad (from a brewery thatís not Ommegang). Bravo! The body is top notch, and phenols are restrained and not used excessively, chocolate coated caramelized bananas are also a highlight!

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